Capital Area IT Council Develops Skills for Local IT Professionals
The Capital Area IT Council is a regional Michigan Skills Alliance that was formed to address the specific workforce development challenges facing the local information technology industry.
Employer led and directed, the Capital Area IT Council is a coalition of industry, education, economic development, and government partners committed to identifying, developing, and implementing real solutions for improving the quantity and quality of IT professionals in this region.
MSU holds an institutional membership with the Capital Area IT Council, which provides all MSU staff members with the opportunity to attend sponsored training and information sessions on various IT topics.
In 2009, MSU partnered with the Capital Area IT Council, Capital Area Michigan Works!, and Prima Civitas Foundation on a $15 million Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project focused on talent development and increasing educational opportunities for workers in the IT sector.
The Capital Area IT Council has developed successful outreach programs designed to engage students, job seekers, and businesses with the local IT industry. A partnership with the Lansing Economic Development Corporation and MSU Career Services Network led to "Tech Tours," a unique experience promoting mid-Michigan career and community offerings to the next generation of IT professionals.
For more information visit http://capitalareaitcouncil.org.